Friday, August 15, 2014

Sunday Morning Preview - August 17, 2014

For the summer of 2014 at Dakota we are working our way through the Ten Commandments, studying them in light of the New Covenant. 

You shall not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14

Commandment number seven makes it clear that God calls husbands and wives to faithfulness and exclusivity in the marriage union (nothing too shocking there). 
What many people are shocked to discover, however, is that God does not relax the law or any of it’s demands in the New Covenant. In fact we find quite the opposite, Jesus ratchets up the pressure when he says, “…everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart…” and the Apostle Paul offers no relief when he adds, “…this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality.” The phrase "sexual immorality” here means fornication; that is, two people behaving sexually as if they are married when they are not.

I hope you will join me this Sunday as we face the reality that God has not altered his position on human sexuality in light of modern thinking or cultural trends. How can we be motivated to sexual purity and what, if any, part does the gospel play in this controversial arena?

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